OLIVIER GIROUD saved Arsenal once again after Preston scared the Gunners in the FA Cup.
Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal’s FA Cup hopes after a late 2-1 winner against Preston at Deepdale.
But while the Frenchman saved the day yet again, one of his teammates deserves plenty of plaudits for another impressive performance.
David Ospina – 6
No chance with Callum Robinson’s opener, was called into action numerous times in the first-half and is still probably amazed that he didn’t concede more than the one goal as those in front of him provided little protection.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6
Got better as the game wore on. Struggled defensively in the first-half, but was a threat going forward after the break. Was evident that right-back is not where is long-term future is.
Shkodran Mustafi – 5
Didn’t look comfortable playing alongside Gabriel Paulista at any point, but that’s no excuse for a couple of lazy moments from the more experienced of the two central defenders
Gabriel Paulista – 4
Easily the worst player on the pitch in the first-half. At fault for Callum Robinson’s goal as he dropped deeper than the defensive line then saw the ball come deflect off him.
Lucky that the Gunners didn’t concede
Nacho Monreal – 6
Another that struggled defensively in the first-half as Preston targeted both full-back areas, was in no man’s land when Callum Robinson squared the ball for Jordan Hugill which would have doubled the hosts’ lead. Did get better in the
Granit Xhaka – 6
Didn’t do anything silly like concede a penalty or a silly foul this evening. Kept the ball ticking over in midfield but didn’t stamp his authority on the game, like many Arsenal supporters would have hoped.
Aaron Ramsey – 7
Got beaten far too easily by Aiden McGeady in the build up to Callum Robinson’s opener. Wanted far too much time on the ball when faced with Maxwell, but made amends with the equaliser – his first of the season –
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5
Really poor showing from the winger, who has been after more first-team starts, yet he failed to make anything of this opportunity
Alex Iwobi – 7
Brilliant for Ramsey’s equaliser. Held off numerous Preston defenders then had the composure to pick out the Welshman which got the Gunners back in the game.
Lucas Perez – 7
One of Arsenal’s more impressive players – even in a poor first-half – was direct and cute with his movement as he looked to get in behind the Preston defence.
Brilliant back-heeled assist which led to
Olivier Giroud – 7
Captain for the game, but couldn’t get into the game for long periods. His final touch let him down a couple of times and wasted one chance in particular in the first-half as he had the opportunity to shoot or roll the ball across the face of